*Information * Insight *
*Understanding * Empowerment*
NOTICE: NAMI programs should not be used to replace the
specialized training and professional judgment of mental health
professionals. We cannot, and will not, assume the role of a physician
or therapist. NAMI cannot be held responsible for the use of the
information we provide. Please always consult a trained mental health
professional before making any decision regarding treatment of
yourself or others.
Family to Family
For more information or to signup for
the next class,
leave voicemail at
(530) 756-8181 or
send email to
Registration is required
in Spring and Fall.
Familia a Familia
Not scheduled at present.
The NAMI Family-to-Family Education
Program (also offered in Spanish) is a free 12-week course for family caregivers of
individuals with severe mental illnesses. The course, which was
implemented in Yolo County in 1997, is taught by trained family
members with all instruction and course materials free for class
The classes are structured to help caregivers understand and support
individuals with serious mental illness while maintaining their own
well-being. Family-to-Family classes are offered in hundreds of
communities across the country, in two Canadian provinces, Puerto Rico
Join other family members and friends with
similar experiences to learn about:
Information about illnesses of the brain and their treatment
- Current information about
schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder, major depression, bipolar disorder( manic depression),
panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality
disorder and co-occurring brain disorders and addictive disorders.
- Up-to-date information about
medications, side-effects and strategies for medication adherence.
- Current research related to the biology
of brain disorders and the evidence-based, most effective treatments to
- Gaining empathy by understanding the
subjective, lived experience of a person with mental illness.
- Learning in special workshops for
problem solving, listening, and communication techniques.
- Acquiring strategies for handling
crises and relapse.
- Focusing on care for the caregiver:
coping with worry, stress, and emotional overload.
The Power of advocacy:
- Guidance on locating appropriate
supports and services within the community.
- Information on advocacy initiatives
designed to e improve and expand services.
The first six classes focus on symptoms of
mental illness, basics of brain biology, medications, and crisis
management. The second half focuses on empathy, communication skills,
rehabilitation and making choices for recovery, and self-care. The class
is based on the Principles
of Support and provides family members with an opportunity to
reinforce coping skills, to seek emotional support and receive practical
help from other family members.
out more about the course and read personal experiences on the NAMI
Over 80,000 people in the U.S., Canada and
Mexico have completed this course. We think that you will be pleased by
how much assistance the program offers.
Please note that registration is required
as numbers are limited to 16 persons. We invite you to leave voicemail on
the NAMI Helpline at 530-756-8181.